With The Maccabees playing their final show last night (July 1) at a sold-out Alexandra Palace in London, musicians are sharing their fond memories of the band.
In August 2016, just over a year after their fourth album ‘Marks To Prove It’ topped the UK charts, the south London five-piece announced they were splitting, later revealing a string of farewell shows in Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and London. Last month they played an intimate show at London’s Omeara venue to kickstart their farewell plans.
Foals, who shared numerous stages with The Maccabees across the years, were particularly warm-hearted, frontman Yannis Philippakis tweeting his thanks to his “brothers”.
Forever thankful to the @themaccabees for all the music they gave us. Peers, friends & brothers. Whatever comes next will be great 🤝
— Yannis Philippakis (@YnnsPhilippakis) July 2, 2017
Foals drummer Jack Bevan also shared his love:
Love you @themaccabees
— Jack Bevan (@jackbevan) July 1, 2017
Mystery Jets, who supported The Maccabees on their farewell tour, shared that they were “trying not to break the f down in tears” in the run-up to the last show of the run.
— Mystery Jets (@mysteryjets) July 1, 2017
Wolf Alice drummer Joel Amey expressed his sadness:
I'm gonna miss @themaccabees Alot xxxxxxx
— joel dilla (@joeldilla) July 2, 2017
Beats1 figurehead and former Radio 1 presenter Zane Lowe also shared his thanks with the London band.
Thank you @themaccabees ✌🏻
— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) July 2, 2017
Everything Everything praised the “extraordinary grace, finesse, and dignity” of The Maccabees’ farewell:
— EverythingEverything (@E_E_) June 28, 2017
While opening band Idles praised The Maccabees for their kindness. “Always meet your heroes. All is love.”
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We're sat in Rotterdam trying to comprehend what the fuck just happened. We still aren't sure but one thing, of which we are certain, is that @themaccabees were an absolute joy to meet and work with. It was a huge privilege to be asked to support them on their final shows, unbelievable, in fact. Always meet your heroes. All is love. 📸 by Katie Greswell
The Maccabees themselves thanked those who attended their farewell tour, calling it “a very special thing.”
Last night at Alexandra Palace was a very special thing. Thank you to everyone who came out to the farewell tour. We will never forget it.X pic.twitter.com/qOzccZtkx8
— The Maccabees (@themaccabees) July 2, 2017